Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall Food Plan

I never did put my fallen apart summer food plan back together, because the weather changed and I didn't have to figure out how to make myself like salads again. What is up with that, I used to love salads. But then, I used to love salads with chicken. It's not that I never eat chicken, but I really only want to eat meat as an exception and not as a rule. But now I can have soup, I have my favorite creamed vegetable soup and curried vegetable stew recipes and I will try to think of some new recipes for fall and winter.

BEFORE
complex carbs &
light protein

IMMEDIATELY BEFORE
simple carbs
 
WORKOUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER
simple carbs &
light protein
AFTER
complex carbs &
light protein
BETWEEN
complex carbs &
heavy protein

Immediately before/after means within 45 minutes, before/after means within 1-3 hours, and between means more than 3 hours before or after workouts.

Complex carbs and light protein before workout

Here's a preview of my brilliant new pasta strategy: first, cook two boxes of pasta. Eat that dinner's pasta with your favorite jarred sauce, and put the rest of the pasta in the fridge. I say two boxes because I eat whole wheat pasta, which comes in twelve-ounce boxes to make the price seem comparable to regular pasta in sixteen-ounce boxes. If I ate regular pasta, I would just make the one sixteen-ounce box. It should be more pasta that you would think of eating in a night. Whereas twelve ounces of cooked pasta is more than the two of us should eat, but then that little bit of pasta that's left over, you think, well, I'll just finish that up. Then you don't have any leftover pasta for the brilliant second part of the strategy, which is that you make a simple sauce with olive oil, garlic, and whatever vegetable you want to eat that week, and throw in your leftover pasta. So see, you only ever dirty one pot at a time! Am I the only person so lazy to think that this is genius? Plus you get to eat actual vegetables, and not always jarred pasta sauce. Which is where I was headed, believe me. And this tiny amount of cooking is just about my speed: I feel like I can be creative, stop and smell the garlic and so forth.

Before Saturday and Sunday morning practices, I'm back to oatmeal with banana, sliced almonds, and silk. I find that oatmeal burns quickly enough but lasts longer than simpler carb breakfasts like pancakes or even smoothies.

Simple carbs immediately before/during workout

Still good with CocoOJ2O during practice.

Simple carbs and light protein immediately after workout

Still good with Raisin Bran with Sliced Almonds (and Silk) before bed.

Complex carbs and light protein after workout

Finishing up with Banana Fruit Smoothies for breakfast. New fall smoothie TK!

My new favorite breakfast place after Saturday morning practice is Feed, fried green tomato eggs benedict nom nom nom...

Complex carbs and heavy protein between workouts

Deli meat and cheese sandwiches for lunch, and apple with peanut butter for snack at work, and soup for lunch at home. Not as obsessed with snacks when I work at home, which is an interesting datum.

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